DIY plumbing tips

DIY plumbing tips

Everyone wants their sink drains to flow like Niagara Falls because they know that they are working properly when they do. Add hair, soap, make-up, shaving cream and toothpaste and over a period of time the draining water looks less like a waterfall and more like a lazy flowing creek.

Here are some basic steps the do-it-yourselfer can do to help improve the flow of water down the drain.

Step 1: Remove the stopper from the sink drain. If it will not pull out, reach under the sink and loosen the nut where the horizontal metal rod is going into the pop-up assembly. Once the nut is loose, pull the metal rod away from the drain until the stopper is free to pull out of the drain. Now reinstall the nut into the pop-up assembly.

Step 2: Everything that is slowing down the drain may pull out with the stopper when it is removed. If this does not happen, use a wet/dry Shop-Vac or a straightened-out clothes hanger to remove the offending stoppage. If the drain is still slow after doing this, the p-trap for the drain may need to be removed.

Step 3: Once the slow drain has been repaired, be sure to check all of the drain connections with a bright flashlight to ensure that there are no leaks.

Step 4: Never, ever use liquid drain cleaner to clear a slow or stopped up drain. If the above mentioned hasn't cleared the drain, it's time to call in the professionals.

About this Experts Contributor: David Heffner is a licensed plumbing contractor in the state of Indiana and is bonded and insured. Heffner Plumbing is a highly rated company with Angie’s List and has received the Super Service Award every year since 2004. Heffner received the 2009 Contractor of the Year Award by the Greater Indianapolis Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors (GIPHCC).

As of Sept. 10, 2014, this service provider was highly rated on Angie’s List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie’s List.

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